Gregory expected to return Dec. 12
Junior forward Dino Gregory is expected to return to the Maryland lineup Dec. 12, according to Coach Gary Wiliiams, who spoke with reporters in a typical day-before-game media availability Thursday. Gregory has missed the first two regular season games, as well as the team's exhibition contest Nov. 3, becasue of what Maryland described as an unspecified violation of team rules.
The last day of the fall semester of classes at Maryland is Dec. 11. On Dec. 12, Maryland hosts Eastern Kentucky at Comcast Center. The nature of the rules violation has not been explained, and Williams declined to speak further on Gregory's situation Thursday. An athletic department official declined to elaborate on Gregory's suspension or on the significance of Gregory's return date.
In August, Gregory acknowledged that his eligibility for the upcoming season was in question because of a charge of academic dishonesty. It is not known whether the academic charge Gregory acknowledged this summer and his current suspension are related.
In an interview with the Diamondback, Maryland's student publication, Wednesday night, Williams declined to address Gregory's situation and said, "I'm still discussing some things with the university."
When asked by reporters Thursday why Williams would need to discuss a team-mandated suspension with the university, the athletic department official declined to comment.
"I expect Dino Gregory to be ready to play Dec. 12," Williams said Thursday during the media availability. "I believe we play Eastern Kentucky. As you probably know, Dino’s been practicing with us, and a big part of the reason for the development of [freshmen forwards] Jordan [Williams] and James [Padgett] has been Dino’s efforts, and I think that tells you somewhat of Dino’s character as a person, in that they both play kind of his position, and his willingness to work with them to help our team during this time has been tremendous. But it’s nothing that I didn’t expect knowing Dino these last couple of years. So we look forward to having Dino at that time."
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